Innovative Community Grants Fund
Applications close: Friday 28 June 2019 – Applications must be received by 11.59pm on the closing date.
Notification of approvals: Friday 30 August 2019
Australian States: Grants are open to applicants from NSW and ACT. Funding is not available for other States or international organisations or projects.
About the grants
As part of the Uniting commitment to supporting Uniting Church Presbyteries and Congregations and other Community Organisations in their mission, it offers grants every year through the Innovative Community Grant Fund (ICGF) for mission initiatives that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage in the community.
Applications should target social disadvantage through activities that:
- Promote choices and opportunities for people, and add value to people’s lives.
- Support and empower people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or isolated.
- Create, develop or enhance cooperative relationships between local communities, church communities and Uniting service streams.
The ICGF aims to support you to develop or expand activities in your community, enabling you to build capacity or start new activities, to work with others and to share what you’ve learnt. We encourage you to think creatively about your projects and to live out Christ’s invitation to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world.
The Uniting Innovative Grant Fund operates as a three-tiered* grant fund and all applications need to be made through the Uniting ICGF Application Portal.
* Applications for Impact Grants will next open in 2020.
Capacity grants provide one-off funding of up to $15,000 for projects that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage. These grants are intended to support congregations to enhance or expand activities within communities and to forge further relationships with other community groups.
Time frame: up to 1 year.
Breakthrough grants provide funding of up to $30,000 for initiatives that will make a difference to people experiencing social disadvantage. These grants are intended to support congregations to undertake activities with an innovative focus within their communities and to forge further relationships with other community groups. Priority will be given to areas with high levels of disadvantage.
Time frame: 1–2 years.
Note: Applications for Impact Grants will next open in 2020.
The Uniting Impact Grants provide multi-year funding for initiatives that will have a lasting and significant impact for people experiencing social disadvantage. It is expected that these will be evidence based initiatives or innovation supported by solid reasoning. Initiatives should have a focus on collaboration with other organisations and funding bodies. Priority will be given to areas with high levels of disadvantage.
Time frame: 1–5 years (as required)
The funds are administered by Uniting Councils across NSW and the ACT. If you are interested in applying, have questions or would like some support, please contact the Church Engagement Leader for your region.
Get in touch
We understand that filling in applications can be daunting, and that sometimes we all need help to think through our ideas. We are here to support you to develop your idea or prepare your application.
Uniting’s team of Church Engagement Leaders are here to help you think and talk through your ideas and the application process. They can help you with every step of the process and provide invaluable support and advice. See below for the Church Engagement Leader contact for your region.
Church Engagement Leaders (Click or tap to open)
Sydney Central Coast
0419 632 8880419 632 888
TBC - Call Carla Stevens
02 9275 930402 9275 9304
0490 032 2430490 032 243
0417 622 0820417 622 082
0427 038 1800427 038 180
Mid/Far North Coast
0437 109 8720437 109 872
0439 310 0310439 310 031
0490 032 2430490 032 243
Indigenous - UAICC
0438 714 8620438 714 862
If you have a question, we’d love to hear from you.
Innovative Community Grant Funds Administration
T: 1800 864 8461800 864 846